A Step By Step Guide
In order to track your transits, you will need your natal, or birth chart. If you don’t already have this you can get your natal chart for free here at http://www.astro.com/ . You will also need an ephemeris.
The Houses Perhaps the easiest thing to start out doing is to check the transit, or movement, of the planets through your natal houses. The first thing you want to do is to familiarize yourself with how the Signs relate to your natal houses. The Ascendant, or Rising Sign, always represents the beginning of the first house. If you look at Chris's chart above you see that the Signs are related to the Houses in the following manner. Each of the 12 houses rule a different area of life. A planet transiting, or moving, through a house will have a specific effect on that area of life. For example. Jupiter, the planet of good luck and expansion, moving through the 7th house of relationships will have a much different affect on the individual than Saturn, the planet of restriction and discipline. Aspects between Planets The next thing you will want to do is to check the aspects between the transiting planets and your natal placement. Begin by taking your placements and putting them in numerological order from least to greatest. When these are placed in numerological order from least to greatest they are now arranged as follows: Picture Next you will add two degrees to either side of these placements, seen below in red. Picture These are the hot zones that you will be looking for in your ephemeris. Anything two degrees before exact is considered applying and anything two degrees after exact are considered separating. Any planet +/- 2 degrees in the same sign are conjunct each other Any planet +/- 2 degrees 6 signs away are in opposition to each other Any planet +/- 2 degrees 3 signs away are square to each other Any planet +/- 2 degrees 4 signs away are trine to each other Any planet +/- 2 degrees 2 signs away are sextile to each other. Aspects are thought to be either “hard” (difficult) or “soft” (easy). Trines and Sextiles are soft, while conjunctions, oppositions, and squares are hard. Soft aspects typically occur quickly and easily with little effort. Hard aspects bring challenges that help push us past our own personal boundaries and give us the impetus to achieve our goals. When one planet conjuncts another planet, their energies are fused together. However, the moon carries more weight. The keyword for conjunctions is fused or blends. When one planet is in opposition to another planet, their energies are challenging each other. We often identify with one planet and cast someone or something in our lives in the role of the opposing planet. Someone or something is doing something to you and it’s not your fault. The key word for oppositions is split or divided. When one planet is square to another planet a tension forms between the two planets and you are forced to take some kind of action. The keyword for squares is challenges or pushes When one planet is trine to another planet, things tend to occur easily and in a natural way. The keyword for trines is allows When one planet is sextile to another planet, it brings opportunities. The keyword for sextiles is coaxes.
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